Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Attachment strategies across sex, ontogeny, and relationship type

Cari D. Goetza1, Carin Perillouxa1 and David M. Bussa1

a1 Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712.


We propose that middle childhood female ambivalent attachment, given the adaptive problem of uncertainty of future investment, is designed to evoke immediate investment from current caregivers, rather than new investment sources. We suggest greater specificity of strategic attachment solutions to adaptive problems that differ by sex, time, and relationship type.

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